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    How to take care for Ragdoll cats?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011

    Ragdoll cats are easygoing and very friendly breed, well known for being one of the most affectionate cats capable to run to greet their owners at the door step. Ragdoll cats are very sociable and follow their owners from room to room. Their general care does not really differ from the one of other cats and the Ragdoll cat breed is often said to be the lowest maintenance cat breed. They simply need to be cared for just like any other cat, though the large size of Ragdoll cats and their thick coat and temperament require some special treatment.

    Ragdolls have a thick coat that at first sight gives an impression that it requires a lot of work. However, as the Ragdolls do not have an undercoat the grooming process is very easy. Unlike Persians or Himalayans, the fur of Ragdolls does not mat and brushing is required only to remove loose hair. Brushing Ragdolls at regular basis reduces significantly shedding and the possibility to suffer from the hairballs. Grooming Ragdoll cat twice a week with a steel comb should be just fine and bathing should be done only when necessary. Ragdoll cats are generally very healthy breed and do not suffer from any genetic problems. Although some breeders might not recommend giving your Ragdoll cat live vaccines, you should consult this with your vet before making a decision against vaccination.

    Ragdolls are also known for faulting. This might lead to injuries so it is crucial that Ragdolls are kept indoors at all times. Indoor cats are said to live longer and have better health than outdoor cats due to stress factor (such as cars, dogs and children) and environment. Prepare to have your cat for additional 10 years or so if you keep it indoors. Give your Ragdoll cat a high-quality dry food. You can also change it for wet food though it is not necessary for a well-balanced diet. Provide your cat with an access to fresh and clean water at all times.

    Maintain your cat’s environment clean. Remember to change a litter box at least once a day and replace all litter once a week. You can read some more tips about training your cat to use a litter box here. Remember about regular visits at veterinarian and routine checkups. And last but not least, spend plenty of time with your Ragdoll cat, play with your feline and offer cuddling sessions! Ragdolls are very sociable animals and enjoy a fun game of fetch (learn here how to train your cat to play fetch).

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